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Australia’s major sports leagues pledge to fight anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SYDNEY -- Chief executives of Australia's major sports leagues have signed a commitment to eliminate discrimination against gay people among their teams, players and spectators. [ Read more → ]
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Australian court rejects gay marriage law, nullifies dozens of same-sex marriages

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
SYDNEY -- Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of dozens of same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. [ Read more → ]
Rob Griffith, APGay couples, back row from left, Craig Berry, Ulyses Garcia, Narelle Majic, Ashleigh Watson, Dennis Littelow and Stephen Dawson, front row from left, Joel Player, Alan Right, Samantha Hermes, Hayley Wilson, Ivan Hinton, and Chris Teoh, pose for photos after they all took their wedding vows during ceremonies throughout Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

First same-sex weddings held in Australian capital city

Saturday, December 7, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia — Gay and lesbian couples from around Australia joined in fragile marriages in Canberra on Saturday under the nation's beleaguered same-sex union laws that face a challenge in the courts within a week. [ Read more → ]
Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

Same-sex weddings begin in Australia, but marriages could be short lived

Friday, December 6, 2013
[caption id="attachment_119545" align="alignleft" width="665"] Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.[/caption] CANBERRA, Australia -- A state lawmaker and his partner dressed in... [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex couples in Australia capital allowed to wed ahead of court ruling

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's first same-sex weddings can take place this weekend after the nation's highest court decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in the national capital. [ Read more → ]
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Australian Governor-General backs same-sex marriage

Saturday, November 23, 2013
SYDNEY, New South Wales -- In a landmark speech, the Governor-General of Australia on Friday publicly endorsed same-sex marriage [ Read more → ]
Tasmania

Tasmania lawmakers defer same-sex marriage debate to federal parliament

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
HOBART, Tasmania -- A motion to revive the debate over same-sex marriage in Tasmania's parliament was defeated in the Upper House Legislative Council Tuesday, as local MP's voted to leave the question up to the Federal Parliament in Canberra. [ Read more → ]
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Australian Capital Territory votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, October 21, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia -- A provincial parliament in Australia has become the country's first to pass a law that allows same-sex marriages. But the federal government has threatened a court challenge. [ Read more → ]
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Airline investigating after passenger finds luggage emblazoned with ‘I am Gay’

Monday, October 14, 2013
An Australian airline has apologized and said it is investigating how the words "I am gay" were spelled out in airline baggage stickers on a passenger's luggage on Sunday between his departure in Perth and his arrival in Brisbane. [ Read more → ]
Greg Reynolds

Catholic priest excommunicated over support for women priests, gay marriage

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Just one day before Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church over its obsession with gays, an Australian priest learned he had been both defrocked and excommunicated over his support for women priests and same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Tony Abbott

Australian Prime Minister signals challenge to capital’s gay marriage bill

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Newly elected Australian prime minster Tony Abbott said this week that his government is considering possibly blocking the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) proposed same-sex marriage legislation. [ Read more → ]
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Christian lobby vows to block same-sex marriage efforts in Australian capital

Saturday, September 14, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia -- The Australian Christian Lobby, a powerful anti-gay political faction, announced this week that it will exert pressure on Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott, to override the Australian Capital Territory's proposed marriage equality law by passing a bill in the federal parliament to block the effort. [ Read more → ]
Margie Abbott

Wife of likely Australia PM doesn’t support husband’s opposition to gay marriage

Thursday, September 5, 2013
FORESTVILLE, New South Wales -- Margie Abbott, wife of the man many expect to be elected the next Prime Minister of Australia, indicated in a television interview Thursday that she does not necessarily support her husband's staunch opposition to same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Rudd

Australian Prime Minister defends same-sex marriage

Monday, September 2, 2013
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia -- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, appearing Monday on an Australian national political program "Questions & Answers," defended his support for marriage equality in a spirited exchange in which he went toe-to-toe with a local pastor on the Biblical definition of marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Aussie coalition opposed to gay marriage promotes $200 marriage vouchers

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's Opposition leader Tony Abbott and his Liberal National Coalition, who are opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage down under, are offering a $200 voucher to couples who register to be married. [ Read more → ]
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Airline hosts country’s first same-sex marriage in New Zealand skies

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau, who have been together almost 14 years, celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Zealand on Monday by getting hitched at 39,000 feet. [ Read more → ]
Alan Gibson, New Zealand Herald/APRachel Briscoe, left, and Jess Ivess, second left, celebrate their marriage as does and Richard Andrew, second right, and Richard Rawstorn after their respective same-sex wedding ceremony held at Rotorua, New Zealand, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

Marriage equality comes to New Zealand – on the ground, and in the air

Monday, August 19, 2013
QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand — When Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau walked down the aisle to exchange vows Monday, the fasten-seatbelt signs were off. The couple celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in New Zealand by getting hitched in a plane at 39,000 feet (11,900 meters). [ Read more → ]
Kevin Rudd

Australia PM vows marriage equality bill in first 100 days if re-elected

Monday, August 12, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, leader of the ruling Labor party, committed Sunday to introduce marriage equality legislation within 100 days if re-elected, becoming the first Australian leader to promise support for same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Push to legalize same-sex marriage in South Australia fails in State Parliament

Thursday, July 25, 2013
ADELAIDE, South Australia -- The South Australia State Parliament's lower house, in a voice roll-call on Wednesday, voted down a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage at a state level for the first time in Australia. [ Read more → ]
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Air New Zealand to host country’s first gay wedding — at 30,000 ft.

Thursday, July 18, 2013
AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Air New Zealand says it will be hosting the country’s first gay wedding ceremony -- mid air -- on board a plane when same-sex marriage becomes legal next month. [ Read more → ]
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Ad bureau dismisses complaints against ‘You’re having a lesbian!’ campaign

Friday, July 12, 2013
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia – The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has rejected complaints against a advertising campaign promoting the message “marriage equality is every family’s issue” as it could have a gay child were rejected by [ Read more → ]
Kevin Rudd

Australian prime minister endorses gay marriage, suggests national vote

Saturday, June 29, 2013
In his first press conference since ousting Julia Gillard as Prime Minister and leader of the Labor Party, newly elected Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said this week he was "the first Prime Minister of Australia to be a full signed up supporter of marriage equality." [ Read more → ]
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World’s largest study of children of LGBT parents finds kids are thriving

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
MELBOURNE -- The world's largest study on the welfare of children of same-sex parents, currently under way at Melbourne University in Australia, found that children of gay and lesbian are doing as well as, or better than, children of heterosexual parent in a number of key health indicators. [ Read more → ]
Maurice Williamson

New Zealand ‘poster boy for gay rights’ cleared for appearance on ‘Ellen’ show

Sunday, April 21, 2013
WELLINGTON, N.Z. -- New Zealand's Prime Minister has granted permission to Parliament member Maurice Williamson to appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" after Williamson became the unexpected face of gay rights for his "big gay rainbow" speech last week in favor of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
New-Zealand

New Zealand becomes 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
New Zealand will become the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage as a bill to amend the current marriage law was approved moments ago by the country’s Parliament in its third and final reading on Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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